Half a million dollars seized at B&M International Bridge
Nearly half a million dollars was seized at the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge last week, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
CBP officers say $644,285 in cash was found hidden inside a vehicle crossing the bridge on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
The driver, a 42-year-old Brownsville man, and the passenger, a 40-year-old Brownsville man, were arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents.
Officers say they found the cash after the vehicle was selected for a “routine outbound inspection.”
Two days later, officers at the bridge say they arrested a 41-year-old Mexican citizen after he attempted to smuggle 2.23 pounds of cocaine under his clothing. The cocaine is estimated to have a street value of $17,170.
The man was arrested and turned over to HSI agents for further investigation.
Brownsville Port Director Tater Ortiz released the following statement in the news release:
“Our CBP officers did an outstanding job in taking down this significant load of bulk currency and a body-carried load of cocaine in back-to-back seizures. Their vigilance and experience were key factors in their successful interceptions.”